The Leveler by Julia Durango

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

In a world where the primary entertainment is a virtual reality called the MEEP, where you can go into the video game itself as an avatar, Nixy Bauer is a successful bounty hunter who returns kids to the real world if they go over the legal time limit of four hours. When she is called on her hardest case yet — returning the game developer’s son, Wyn, from the virtual world where he’s hiding — she accepts happily.

But this is not just a game, and Wyn is not hiding. Someone is holding him prisoner and is determined that no one will get him out. Nixy faces the biggest challenge of her career, but she was never prepared to fall head over heels for the guy who got her into this mess in the first place!

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Durango, J.

The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde (The Chronicles of Kazam, book 2)

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Jennifer Strange thought her troubles were over when she killed the dragon and Big Magic showed up to fix it. But now she and her handful of insane wizards at Kazam are locked in a power-struggle with their rival magic company, iMagic, and preparing for a competition — rebuilding the bridge in the city entirely by magic.

When their most reliable sorcerers begin to be arrested and the Amazing Blix takes over the position of Court Mystician, Jennifer suspects foul play. It will take a Quarkbeast, a mysterious woman named the Once Powerful Boo, a missing ring, the Transient Moose, and Jennifer’s sort-of boyfriend Perkins to fix this mess — and the bridge.

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Fforde, J.

All-American Girl by Meg Cabot

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Samantha just wants to draw pictures in her own way and not get in trouble for being in love with her big sister, Lucy’s, boyfriend. But when Lucy is the most popular girl at school and her younger sister, Rebecca, is a nationally certified genius, Sam feels forgotten by everyone.

Things begin to look up when Sam skips art class and ends up saving the president from an assassin. But when Sam realizes that the president’s son, David, is in love with her and that she’s been named the Teen Ambassador to the United Nations, things get way more complicated.

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Cabot, M.

Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Two sisters share a dream — their own house one day. Lynn truly wants to live in her own home, whether it’s in Georgia or California, and Katie wants whatever Lynn wants.

As the girls grow up, they find themselves growing distant because of their age difference. But then Lynn is diagnosed with a horrible disease.  At that point, Katie finds herself back in her sister’s life, and she and her parents work to make Lynn’s dream come true — her own house.

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Kadohata, C.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Scout Finch has a good life with her brother, Jem, and father, Atticus. They spend their days going to school, playing with their friend, Dill, and tormenting Boo Radley, the man next door who never comes outside. Her father is a lawyer, but his cases don’t typically come through the front door.

Then one day, Atticus has to take up a case that everyone is opposed to — a case where a black man has been accused of raping a white woman. Scout’s life suddenly changes as everyone around her begins dividing on either side of the Robinson case — and she has to form her own opinion of right and wrong.

 

Find it in APL TEEN Pbk Classics YA Lee, H.

A Time for Dancing by Davida Wills Hurwin

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Sam and Jules have been best friends and fellow ballet dancers for years. They’re beginning their senior year of high school when Jules is suddenly diagnosed with a deadly form of cancer. Everything changes.

Sam tries to cope with her mom’s love life and her own first boyfriend. Jules is constantly at the hospital, getting chemo, near death many times. Even as they’re drifting apart, Sam and Jules hang on to their friendship, desperate for what little time they have left.

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Hurwin, D.

The Ashleys by Melissa de la Cruz

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

At Ms. Gamble’s School for girls, the Ashleys rule. There are three of them, all the same grade, all gorgeous, all rich, and all named Ashley. They’ve reigned uncontested for years now, but there’s a new challenger to the throne — Lauren Page.  Lauren’s father recently engineered a new video-sharing site that has made his family into multi-billionaires. Lauren’s ready to change seventh grade, but Ashley Spencer, Ashley Alioto, and Ashley Li are not going down without a fight.

Better watch out, Ms. Gamble’s!

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC De la Cruz, M.

Princess in the Spotlight (The Princess Diaries, #2) by Meg Cabot

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Mia’s mom and her Algebra teacher are expecting a baby, and they’re getting married. Her grandmother is obsessed with giving them the royal wedding of the century. And she has a secret admirer who’s sending her letters and emails under a fan name. Her chest is still tiny and her best friend Lilly seems to be infatuated with Mia’s cousin, Hank. And even with all of this Mia still has to take princess lessons from her grandmother and try to be a vegetarian.
What’s a princess who didn’t even know she was a princess to do?
Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Cabot, M.

The Last Dragonslayer by Jaspar Fforde

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

In the United Kingdom, magic is drying up. Jennifer Strange, her Quarkbeast, and her young assistant Tiger run Kazam, an agency for magicians, while waiting for the Great Zambini to return. Jennifer may be only fifteen, but she’s more than equipped to handle forty-five crotchety old sorcerers. And there’s nothing else she wants to do.

Until one of her soothsayers sees the future and informs her that the Last Dragon will soon be killed by the Last Dragonslayer. Jennifer, horrified, sets out to prove the premonition wrong, but soon realizes that it’s out of her hands. This is Big Magic!

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Fforde, J.

The Wanderer by Sharon Creech

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Sophie was adopted when she was young and has a past — a past that haunts her. All she can remember is a huge white wave. So when her uncles and cousins decide to sail across the Atlantic Ocean on their small private sailboat, called the Wanderer, to visit Bompie, their grandfather, she decides to go along to see if she can overcome her past.

On the way, Sophie tells stories about Bompie — stories that none of her family have ever heard before. Her cousin Cody is learning to accept her. But in the face of a horrible storm, can Sophie find the strength to leave the past behind? You will have to read to find out.

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Creech, S.

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